Ethiopians underlined their dominance of distance running when Tadesse Tola and Atsede Bayisa won the men’s and women’s races at the Paris Marathon.
Tola won the men’s race in a time of two hours, six minutes and 41 seconds while defending champion Bayisa set a new women’s course record of 2:22.04 – one minute and one second faster than Marleen Renders’s 2002 mark.
Tola made his burst with two miles remaining, pulling clear of Kenyan Alfred Kering, who held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang to take silver.
Bayisa blew away the field in the women’s race, reducing the leading pack to a trio just after halfway and taking control from team-mates Beyene Tsegaye Tirfi and Gurmu Workitu Ayanu 19 miles in.
Christelle Daunay of France caught the Ethiopian chasers to finish second, two minutes and 18 seconds behind Bayisa in a French record. Tirfi was third.